The state-of-the-art Riverview Branch Library in Riverview, Florida, won the first-place award for the commercial roofs category in Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) International’s 2020 project of the year competition.
The new Arbor Grande residential development within a planned community in Florida offers a number of residents-only features within its gated confines. The 650-m2 (7000-sf) clubhouse and fitness center reinforces a relaxed coastal vibe with a design that draws on the Gulf Coast vernacular, which includes distinctively ribbed metal roofing.
As this article was being written, the country had just gone through one of the most active hurricane seasons on record, with numerous powerful storms making landfall throughout the Gulf Coast, Southeast and Southwest shores, and the Caribbean.
With natural roof and façade metal materials that have been in use for centuries, importance should be placed on specifying a material not solely for its longevity, but also with an understanding of its long-term aesthetic potential (and pitfalls).